Saturday, August 15, 2009

In Praise of NYS Homeschool Regulations

If you know me at all, you find that a bizarre title. I have chaffed against the regulations to one degree or another for, I don't know, 20 years!!! But this week I had reason, again, to be thankful for them. In the past, I have basked in the realization that all this required paperwork created a paper trail that colleges would recognize as a transcript! Amazing. The only impressive signature on any of it, mine. Remarkable. This week, I was thankful again, because I had procrastinated until the last minute to plan an IHIP for my 9th grade daughter. Earlier in the week had me scrambling for a plan, this is high school now and I know I have so many books and topics I want to introduce or study. But what were they? Was I forgetting something important? Was I expecting too much? Then I remembered, all that paperwork, all those IHIPs, three boys worth of highschool IHIP's, all there at my finger tips(no, not on the computer only, or they would, no doubt, be lost), in the filing cabinet! Ah, inspiration. So, here's the plan and it was delivered to the Superintendent's office in a timely manner. All is well, the table is cleared off, the shelves rearranged, the school year beginning to take shape in my mind.

ANNUAL INDIVIDUALIZED HOME INSTRUCTION PLAN for
Miss A Grade: 9 DOB: x/xx/xxxx
2009 - 2010

ENGLISH:
Poetry: The Roar on the Other Side by Suzanne U. Clark
Grammar &
Composition
: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
Written narrations daily
Literature: Skills for Literary Analysis by James P. Stobaugh
Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Much Ado About Nothing
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Silas Marner
Copybook- daily entries

MATH:
Saxon Algebra ½; Saxon Publishers, 1995

SCIENCE:
Exploring Creation with Biology; Apologia Educational Ministries, 1998

Biographies- The Monk in the Garden by Robin Marantz Henig
Buried Alive by Jack Cuozo
Now I Remember by Thornton Burgess

SOCIAL STUDIES:
TruthQuest History- Age of Revolution I (1600-1700)
- biographies
- historical fiction
- text books- The Colonial Experience 1607-1774 by Clarence B. Carson
How Should We Then Live? By Francis Schaeffer
History Through the Eyes of Faith by Ronald A. Wells

Geography- Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
The Walk West by Peter & Barbara Jenkins w/ map work

Citizenship-Ourselves by Charlotte Mason
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

Gov’t & Economics-
The P.I.G. to The Great Depression and the New Deal by, Robert P. Murphy
Library of Economics & Liberty- Essays by Jane H. Marcet

HEALTH: The Crazy Makers by Carol Simontacchi
What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell, M.D.

MUSIC: Composer Study: Mozart, Medelssohn, Chopin
Weekly choir and Praise Team

VISUAL ARTS: Artist Study- Raphael Sanzio, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet
Videography, jewelry, clay, weaving

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: running, walking, bike riding, yard work, seasonal activities

ELECTIVES:
Logic- How to Read a Book- Part 2, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
Love is a Fallacy- essay, by Max Schulman
The Thinking Toolbox by Nathaniel & Hans Bluedorn

Current Events- World magazine (weekly)
Breakpoint (daily)
Weekly discussions and notebook entries

Life Skills &
Technology
- The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
- Regular computer usage/internet.
-Videography
- cooking

Bible- The Bible’s Metaphors for Itself
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
Making Choices by Peter Kreeft
The Disciplined Life by Richard S. Taylor

Matthew
Sermon on the Mount
Ruth

Sunday, August 2, 2009

recent readings

The reading here has been rather spotty and unsatisfying of late. Not sure why that is, I just haven't been able to settle on books and stick them out. I have done a small bit of sewing but my stacks of things to make has been growing until my sewing room is at the over-flow stage of needing to work through some things before I plan anything new. I did sew Anna and I each a summer top, a skirt for me, a tablerunner,a couple of bibs for Eli, appliqued some "silly sister" tank tops for Leah and Madison. I am working on a handful of small embroidery projects that I plan to "frame" in an old window sash and hang in Madison's room- I think it will be very cool when finished, started a new block-of-the-month quilt class in July, finished up my Mystery Quilt top- I plan to quilt that this week, Lord willing. You see I have plans enough, just a little short on time.

Back to the reading. Here are some of the highlights from July:

The Voice of Matthew, by Lauren Winner. A sort of translation/paraphrase of the book of Matthew, with extras. I liked it.

The Disciple Making Church, by Glenn McDonald. In the book of Matthew, Jesus says, "go and make disciples..." this book encourages the Church to do just that through a set of "redemptive relationships" and teaching the "six marks of a disciple". Very good, inspiring ideas- and it's a good thing I like it because I am reading/studying through this book with two different groups.

Intercessory Prayer, by Dutch Sheets. This is a powerful book on prayer. Two chapters(The Necessity of Prayer and The Substance of Prayer- I think, it was a libray book and I don't have it here to check) specifically impacted me, I will most likely re-read this book down the road.

The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman. Subtitled "A War Story". It's a biography of, well, the zookeeper's wife and the zookeeper- Jan and Antonina Zabinski, during the German occuaption of Warsaw in WWII. The author's note begins, "Jan and Antonina Zabinski were Christian zookeepers horrified by Nazi racism, who capitalized on the Nazi's obsession with rare animals in order to save over three hundred doomed people. Their story has fallen between the seams of history, as radically compassionate acts sometimes do. But in wartime Poland, when even handing a thirsty Jew a cup of water was punishable by death, their heroism stands out as all the more startling."
It is a moving story- unbelievable in the same way that everything that people experienced in Europe during WWII is unbeleivable. When the "inhumanity of man" appears to rule the day, the actions and convictions of the righteous among nations inspire hope. One more quote from near the end of the book:
"Intrigued by the personality of rescuers, Malka Drucker and Gay Block interviewed over a hundred, and found they shared certain key personality traits. Rescuers tended to be decisive, fast-thinking, risk-taking, independent, adventurous, open-hearted, rebellious, and unusually flexible- able to switch plans, abandon habits, or change ingrained routines at a moment's notice. They tended to be nonconformists, and though many rescuers held solemn principles worth dying for, they didn't regard themselves as heroic. Typically, one would say, as Jan did: 'I only did my duty- if you can save somebody's life, it's your duty to try.' Or: 'We did it because it was the right thing to do.' "
Aren't you glad there are people like that? Don't you want to be one of them?

And, finally, To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook while cooking suppers

So, it wasn't a lot of reading,(nor near as much sewing as I'd planned), and I guess I did enjoy all of it, but now what? What to read next?